This is James. He is a teacher on the island of Timor. It is very hard for teachers to receive benefits and a regular check. It can take years before a teacher to receive benefits from the government. James is a middle school teacher and like many other teachers are not getting paid regularly. GMIT helps to provide income for teachers whenever possible.
It was very hard for him to support his wife and kids and help his elderly parents. All of his siblings had moved away from home so he knew the responsibility was his, he knew he had to be a support system for his family. James decided to do something about his lack of income. Through the help of his local pastor, he was able to get connected with the Kompastani program (pastors who like to farm) from Evangelical Church West Timor also know as GMIT. He wanted to learn new organic farming techniques and so he could resurrect his family’s land and produce fruits and vegetables with his father.
Essentially, James became a farmer who also teachers. Every day after school James works the land with his father and mother. He takes what they have produced and sells it. This new flow of income has completely changed his family. By no means are they rich but they are better off than they were. He is able to send his kids to school, pay his household bills. He also became the head of his entire household by providing income and resources for his entire family to live off of.
Each week Global Ministries will share a story from the Southern Asia region as apart of our Southern Asia Initiative storytelling. We want you all to meet people from around the world that your support has directly impacted.